Travel Essentials for Family Summer Getaways

As soon as the temperature rises, school’s done for the year and about any cold beverage or dessert is being craved, you’ll know it is time to dust off your straw hat, swimming gears and of course try fitting in those swimwear. Yes, it’s summer! The one season we will be enjoying the 2 month vacation from school as well as look for that family destination to savor the sun, the sand and the sea.

But, before we all get excited, let me give you tips on the travel essentials to bring for your chosen (if not favorite) summer getaway. Grab your pen and paper and take down this list.

Travelling with Family Must-Haves:

Travel Documents. If you plan to travel here in the Philippines, make sure you bring your valid IDs for documentation of possible verification. If you will be travelling outside the country, then passports, visa must come in handy.

Funds. Importantly, you must bring cash and/or your credit cards for all the payments. However, you must be cautious enough not to bring too much cash at hand as we know robbers may be eyeing on you. So basically, practice being safe at all times specially when withdrawing at ATMs. Better yet, keep a note in your mobile phone or a little notebook where you write down your budget and possible expenses so you would be able to track down in/outs of your money and keep the whole vacation on budget.

Medicines, medical tools and first aid kit. If you or any of your family member have an existing medical condition, make sure to always bring enough and a little extra of the maintenance medicines. You may not be able to find an immediate pharmacy on the place you will going and you may need prescription as well, so keep that with the medicine kit. You can place this in a pouch or a small bag that you can bring with you at all times while travelling. This goes with your first aid kit. At least, make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common illness like headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movement, anti-allergy as well as band aids, betadine iodine, alcohol, cotton swabs and a nail cutter. You will need to bring also blood pressure monitor and blood sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.

When travelling with kids or babies, this will be a different story. You will pack another set of essentials just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just no name a few. So keep that in the list too!

When you will be commuting for the travel, make sure you have all commute stops planned. If you will need to be travelling by plane, you must be making the booking ahead of time. While, when you travel by land, make sure you will know the bus stops, etc. And when you will be driving, Google maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and make your research ahead of time. And when you are driving, make sure that your motor vehicle is at its best condition with enough fuel, air and water.

Accommodation at destination. Make sure you have booked ahead for resorts and hotels as they might not entertain you via walk in. Sometimes, you can save time and money by booking or making your reservations online.

Clothes, swim wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothes. To save some space in your bags though, consider bringing lightweight clothes and learn how to pack smartly.

Gadgets, camera. What would capture your memorable summer but bringing in your mobile phones for your selfies! Bring in your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches in case you want to bring them while swimming.

Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags have padlocks. Make sure you attend to you belongings as just about any establishment have no responsibility on your belongings in case of loss.

Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we tend to be dehydrated. So make sure to pack some snacks and water while travelling to fill up that energy.

Toiletries, cosmetics. These are important too. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sunblock and sunburn recovery lotion. You may want to have travel kits where you can keep these essentials so you won’t need to bring the big bottles of shampoo. Just take a portion and place in these travel kit containers and you can refill those on your next travel destination.

This is my list when we go travelling. I will be making a series to this to include some more tips on my next blog. You may need more than this essentials, make sure to customize and tailor this list to your own needs and situation. Meanwhile, enjoy you summer destination and make memories!


Outsourcing WordPress Development? 3 Important Things to Pay Attention To

Outsourcing is trending. So, if you’re also looking for WordPress development outsourcing, you might want to stop by and see some of these important things or else it can convert into one of your gravest mistakes.

I am not scaring you, but I just want you to be extra conscious of the fact that choosing an outsourcing company is one of the most crucial tasks. If you choose a wrong company then you might regret your decision and then there will be no turning back. So, in a nutshell, you’ll lose your precious time and money. Both like a wasted opportunity. I hope you don’t want that to happen. If not, then have a look at these points.

Perform an Exhaustive Research

In this, you must pay attention to these factors,

  • Always be aware of the exact requirement of your WordPress website.
  • Make a detailed checklist of all the features you want, which plugin will suffice those features. You must have at least three plugins for your website.
  • When making a decision about the layout of your website, remember that you have to decide that in the starting whether to choose a WordPress premium theme or custom theme. So, that these things will be handled with ease as they are the most sophisticated element of your website.

Start Looking for the Right WordPress Outsourcing Company

The best ways to look for a right WordPress outsourcing company are by three modes:

Job Portal:

Today, everything is on the internet. So, does the job seekers, and job givers. You can look for a service provider with these amazing job portals, Freelancer; Guru; etc. They all will provide you access to all those WordPress developers, companies who wants to work on your project. You must shortlist them by feedback on previous projects, the price charged and a total number of successfully delivered projects.

Search Engine:

Well, this is obvious. Now more obvious is “Google”. It is the gigantic internet suction filter, which sucks all the information you need and its filter shows you best of it. You can just use simple queries and you’ll get very ironic and robust information. These pieces of information will be very crucial to find details about the company you’re willing to hire.

Friend Reference:

This is the most trustworthy among all three. And in my opinion, if any of your friend or colleague or anyone who knows you someday hired a company and recommending it to you for whatever reason he/she has. You should consider that first. And as you’re looking for the company, So, you should approach to your friends and ask for recommendations if not getting them proactively.

Start Contacting your Shortlisted Companies

Now, contact your shortlisted companies and start discussing what you want and what they can deliver. A PRO TIP: Allow them to first start about what they can do, if they ask for your plans, calmly elaborate every detail to them and patiently listen to their solution. If you like their solution, then you’re good to go. Or else, move forward to your next shortlisted company.

Remember one thing, do not ever compromise on your ideas, if you have second thoughts for the solution offered, you have every right to withdraw. So, always be sure before committing anything to the company.

I hope you like my Solution. Wishing you luck for your project. I hope you’ll get the best result out of it.